The true meaning of Rabin’s divided legacy

By Robert Philpot, November 4, 2015

Tavor rifles slung over their shoulders, groups of young IDF recruits wander through Tel Aviv’s Israel Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre. It is the day Israel marks the 20th anniversary of the former prime minister’s assassination, but — save for their weaponry and uniforms — these teenagers still resemble the pupils they so recently were, on a school visit.


Hatred at the heart of the campus wars

By Dave Rich, November 2, 2015

Given the concerns that we hear today about antisemitism and anti-Zionism on university campuses, it is worth remembering that there was a time when Jewish student societies were banned outright in some students' unions.


End of life care: We must remain a beacon

By Helen Simmons, November 2, 2015

"Where are you going to live out the end your life?" This isn't really a topic that many of us would like to discuss at dinner parties or social functions but it should be an issue that we are all thinking about.


Can the community still put their faith in centre-left politicians?

By Ben Rich, October 29, 2015

When Tim Farron told the London Evening Standard that a number of Labour MPs who had been in touch with him were deeply distressed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, the paper quickly jumped to the conclusion that he was anticipating defections.


Boycotts are misguided

By Michael Dugher, October 29, 2015

Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.


Rabin hesitated as he shook hands. I saw deep reservations

By Uri Dromi, October 29, 2015

as Yitzhak Rabin's foreign press spokesman, I was on the flight to Washington to be present for the signing of the Oslo Accords at the White House in 1993.

We flew overnight, on an ageing Israeli air force plane. It was the same plane Rabin and his staff usually took whenever he travelled as prime minister.


Lisa Jardine: A mischievous laugh, unbelievably cool

By Bill Sherman, October 28, 2015

Lisa Jardine had a gift for making sense of other people’s lives. Some of those people were famous figures from the past (including Bacon, Wren, Hooke and Erasmus) but most were, like myself, humble students who were lucky enough to attend her lectures, and avid readers or listeners who came to know her distinctive voice on the page or over the airwaves.


David Cesarani: An intellectual giant of his time

By Bernard Wasserstein, October 28, 2015

The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.


Now make it illegal to hold racist views

By Dr Moshe Kantor, October 22, 2015

Britain has thousands upon thousands of criminal laws on its statute books. Not all of them are obvious and some quite trivial - for instance, you can be prosecuted for queue-jumping, for knocking on someone's door and then running off, even for shaking your carpet or mat in public.


What I said to the Fatah chief who lauded killers

By Gershon Baskin, October 22, 2015

In a very recent interview, a well-known political leader from Fatah praised the Palestinian youths who take their knives to the enemy. He called them "heroes" and "shaheeds" ["martyrs"].

I contacted him about this, challenging him in a very direct and harsh text message.